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The PS4 has been out for some time now, and if it wasn’t clear upon its launch, it’s certainly evident now that it has completely dominated the console market. Outselling the Xbox One month by month, the PS4 has become the face of console gaming, and that means that some great games have come out for it over the past few years. It's no wonder why the PS4 has becoming the system of choice for the gaming connoisseur. It's support of Indie games and cross play and advanced streaming functions has given it one of the largest library of any game console ever conceived. It's a difficult task picking out the best of the best with so much excellence to choose from, but after clocking in thousands of hours of gameplay we've created our definitive list for the best PS4 video games.
Bloodborne by Sony
This is not for the faint of heart. On the PS3, Hidetaka Miyazaki created one of the greatest revolutions in game difficulty with the Souls series. Starting with Demon’s Souls, this third person action RPG became known among dedicated but small audiences for it’s relentless, unforgiving, but ultimately fair gameplay. This audience grew massively upon the release of spiritual successor Dark Souls. With a massive interconnected open world, the franchise found a mainstream audience. Taking the core gameplay mechanics of Dark Souls and its sequel Dark Souls 2, Miyazaki transposed them into a dark Victorian, horror inspired world of Bloodborne. Werewolves, abominations and lovecraftian horrors galore, Bloodborne shows that the core mechanics established in the Souls franchise work in just about any setting, and the horror influences that are in every drop of Bloodborne make it’s unique world of Yarnham one of the most memorable of the PS4 generation.
The Witness by THEKLA INC
There’s little denying that Jonathan Blow has had a major impact on the gaming industry. With the release of his previous game Braid, he single-handedly managed to kickstart the indie game revolution that has taken a comfortable market share from the AAA games industry. The Witness, the long awaited follow up to Braid proved to be just as good as it, if not better. The Witness is a simple esoteric puzzle game from the first person perspective in a mysterious, abstract but altogether beautiful world. Solving hundreds of puzzles in a lush environment rarely becomes tiring, but the game lends itself to episodic play. Solve a few puzzles then take a break. You might need the break as well, because The Witness has quickly earned itself a name for being completely unforgiving in terms of its difficulty. Small little ‘connect the dot’ puzzles soon have dozens of mechanics that are intuitively introduced making them infinitely more complicated, but infinitely more rewarding once you complete them. As one of the best PS4 video games, it’s hard to go wrong with The Witness.
No Man's Sky by Sony
Even before the PS4 had come out, the announcement of No Man’s Sky had set the gaming world on fire. No Man’s Sky had an intrinsically unique premise. You can fly about in your very own spaceship, and you can quite literally fly down to any planet of your choosing and walk about it. Millions and millions of planets, plants, animals and terrain all procedurally generated to make your journey wholly unique. The promise of such a wide open and revolutionary concept gave the game a dedicated fan base from the very beginning, and the fan base proved to be more ravenous as the years went on. Upon its release, although disappointing some, we still believe that it is one of the best PS4 video games that you can get your hands on. If you want a open space adventure that promises many hours of frontier exploration, then look no further.
Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
You don’t even need to be a gamer to have heard of Blizzard. The gaming company has dominated much of the PC market with its world famous MMO World of Warcraft, which despite launching in 2004 still runs to this day, just as lively as it once was. The company has produced great game after great game, and although they don’t release new titles very often, when they do you can be sure it will be a hit. Such is the case with Overwatch, Blizzard’s first foray into the world of the first person shooter. Taking the best elements of games like Team Fortress 2, Overwatch has proved to be an infinitely replayable multiplayer first person shooter with a large cast of characters to choose from and with thrilling competitive gameplay for anyone out there who wants to prove their dominance of the FPS world.
Until Dawn by Sony
There’s a lot of skepticism for games that rely upon quick time events. Due to infamous scenes from the ending of Resident Evil 5, among many others, the mechanic has become hated by the gaming community. However, games like Until Dawn prove that not only can it be effective, it can be downright brilliant. Until Dawn tells a branching story of a group of teenagers stuck on top of a snowy mountain with a killer on the loose. The game quite intentionally apes the slasher movies of yore, but this time it actually lets you play as the teenagers. No longer will you be shouting at the characters what to do, if they die, then it’s your fault and you have no one to blame but yourself. It’s a thrilling horror romp, and some of its mechanics involving the PS4 controller truly make it one of the best PS4 video games.
Dark Souls 3 by Bandai
Remember when I was talking about Bloodborne? Well, Mr. Miyazaki is not done with the PS4 yet, not by a long shot. Instead, he decided to bring his now classic franchise into the next generation, culminating in the release of Dark Souls 3. Dark Souls 3 takes what was brilliant about the rest of the franchise, and mixes it with the fast paced gameplay of Bloodborne creating what many hail to be the best of the entire series. The absolutely gorgeous landscapes, fearsome boss fights and rewarding gameplay mechanics make a return with a confidence that could only be found at the hands of someone like Miyazaki. The Dark Souls franchise is yet to disappoint anyone just yet, so we personally can’t wait to see what happens when the next game from Miyazaki shows up on the block.
Fallout 4 by Bethesda
I’ve highlighted a few RPG’s so far, but few rarely come close to the glory that is a Bethesda Softworks RPG. Rarely perfect, and ridden with bugs, but Fallout 4 is one of those experiences that you will quite literally sink hundreds of hours into. With a vastly improved combat system in comparison to the last entry in the series, Fallout 4 continues the parable of a 1950s sci-fi world plunged into a nuclear holocaust with all the charm and humor that the series has become known for. Fallout 4 depicts post-apocalyptic Boston, known as the Commonwealth in all its decrepit glory. The attention to detail on every street block is much appreciated, and the different approaches to every combat encounter keeps the action fresh, even after a hundred hours of adventuring. We’d be surprised if Bethesda ever released a game that wasn’t one of the best PS4 video games available.
inFAMOUS: Second Son by Sony
Infamous was a franchise that was started near the very start of the PS3 era. The goal was to have an open world game where you could play as a superhero or a super villain depending on your own choices throughout the branching story. This core philosophy was carried over into inFAMOUS: Second Son where you get to explore the beautiful city of Seattle. With unique powers ranging from smoke, video, neon among several others, inFAMOUS: Second Son has a very clear love for the comic books that inspired it making it ideal for any comic book hero fan. Besides, every single building seems to be crafted in a very intentional manner, each adding to the world of Infamous, and the amazing particle effects utilized as you blast away your enemies truly show off the power of the PS4 in action.
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt by Warner Brothers
If high fantasy ever leaves the gaming world, I’d be stunned. Time after time the topic produces some of the best PS4 video games, and Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is no exception to the rule. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt continues the story of Geralt, a monster hunter, as he searches for his surrogate daughter in the midst of a war between two great kingdoms. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt launches you into a vast and lush open world that is both beautiful and revolting. The developers have no qualm with showing you that in war, sometimes there is no right decision, and many of the morals aren’t black and white, but many shades of grey. A powerful story and some of the best gameplay to be found in a RPG, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt may well be one of the greatest games of all time.
Ratchet and Clank by Sony
Much of this list has focused on adult or mature games, and although they are some of the best PS4 video games around, Ratchet and Clank is not just a game that is suitable for children, but it’s one of the best games the PS4 has to offer. A remake of the original PS2 game, Ratchet and Clank follows the adventures of a fluffy alien called Ratchet and his little robot friend called Clank as they try and stop the evil Drax from destroying the galaxy. A fun third person action shooter, the crazy weapons and funny cut scenes result in a charming game with graphics that are as close to a Pixar game as you are likely to get. If you have young kids then this is a must buy, but hell, it’s a lot of fun to play no matter what age you are.
The Last of Us: Remastered by Sony
The Last of Us was the greatest game on the PS4. There is no question about it. Delivering perhaps one of the most powerful stories ever to be put to video games, director Neil Druckmann had created perhaps the most emotionally potent plots ever to be put in a game. The story follows Joel, a grizzled smuggler in post-apocalyptic America as he has to escort a young girl called Ellie across the wilderness as she may hold the hope to restoring the world to its former self. What follows in a roller coaster ride of emotions, horror, brutal emergent gameplay and a game of genuine heart and consequence. The PS4 version has upgraded graphics and includes the Left Behind DLC that is a short additional story following Ellie before she met Joel. Both the main game and the DLC are very much worth playing. The Last of Us is without a doubt one of the best PS4 video games. To say any more of it would ruin the surprise.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Konami
As an avid fan of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, I’ll be the first to warn you that jumping into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with no previous experience of the franchise may prove to be a little confusing in terms of the plot, but Hideo Kojima’s last masterpiece in the Metal Gear Solid franchise proves that with each game he continue to innovate. Now taking place in an emergent open world, you play as Snake, an elite soldier who is trying to take down a secret organization known only as The Patriots. What follows is very powerful story for fans of the franchise. However, even if you’re not previously acquainted with the story, the gameplay is universally praised to be the best the stealth action genre has ever seen. If you want to go through the entire game non-lethally, that is perfectly fine. Despite a controversial third act, I really do believe that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a masterpiece.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Sony
Legendary developer Naughty Dog brings their epic saga of adventure to a satisfying close with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. After nearly a decade of providing amazing action and adventure along with technical set pieces that are unrivaled, Nathan Drake finally gets to ride out into the sunset. In many ways the Uncharted series is like the Indiana Jones video game we wish we had been able to play. But since we'll probably never get our hands on a good Indiana Jones video game, Nathan Drake will have to serve as their surrogate adventurer of choice. This is a can't miss experience for any PS4 owner and it's brilliant campaign combined with it's addictive multiplayer creates a must have experience for any gamer.